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The effect of fast food restaurants on obesity and weight gain

Currie, Janet, DellaVigna, Stefano, Moretti, Enrico and Pathania, Vikram S. (2010) The effect of fast food restaurants on obesity and weight gain. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2 (3). pp. 32-63. ISSN 1945-7731

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Identification Number: 10.1257/pol.2.3.32

Abstract

We investigate how changes in the supply of fast food restaurants affect weight outcomes of 3 million children and 3 million pregnant women. Among ninth graders, a fast food restaurant within 0.1 miles of a school results in a 5.2 percent increase in obesity rates. Among pregnant women, a fast-food restaurant within 0.5 miles of residence results in a 1.6 percent increase in the probability of gaining over 20 kilos. The implied effects on caloric intake are one order of magnitude larger for children than for mothers, consistent with smaller travel cost for adults. Non-fast food restaurants and future fast-food restaurants are uncorrelated with weight outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/aej/pol/index.php
Additional Information: © 2010 American Economic Association
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L82 - Entertainment; Media (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Broadcasting, Publishing, etc.)
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 08:43
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63568

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